Friday, August 05, 2011

Garifuna Settlement Day in The Bronx

The Board of Directors of the Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. a, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization is pleased to announce its Third Annual Yellow White and Black 2011 Garifuna Settlement Day Gala, scheduled for Saturday November 19th, 2011.

The Yellow White and Black 2011 Garifuna Settlement Day Gala will celebrate the Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc’s thirteenth anniversary, as well as the commemoration of Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize and Guatemala, and will be held at The Eastwood Manor located at 3371 Eastchester Rd Bronx, NY 10469 and is expected to draw over 300 guests from the tri-state area, as well as from the New England area.

The Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc invites you to reserve the date for an evening of fine dining, open bar, dancing and more. Proceeds from the Gala will go to support the operation of the Garifuna Coalition Advocacy Center in the Bronx. The Center serves as the basic advocacy and organizing needs of Garifuna immigrants from Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

The theme for the Third Annual Yellow White and Black Fundraising Gala is based on the colors of the Garifuna flag, which consists of three horizontal stripes: Yellow is for the Amerindian heritage, White is for peace and freedom and Black is for the African Heritage, According to the National Garifuna Council of Belize, this flag has long been accepted internationally as the flag of the Garifuna Nation.

The Garifuna Coalition promotes harmony and unity among Garifunas, Garifuna-Americans and all persons and organizations of good will to promote and share our cultural heritage, improve the quality of life and community empowerment of New York’s Garifuna Community.

In 1940, Thomas Vincent (TV) Ramos, leader and spokesman of the Garifuna people along with Pantaleon Hernandez and Domingo Ventura approached the Governor of the colony and asked for the establishment of a Public and Bank Holiday to observe the Garifuna arrival in Belize. The request was granted and the Carib Disembarkation Day, later named Garifuna Settlement Day, was first celebrated in Stann Creek District on November 19, 1941, later in Punta Gorda and the Toledo District in 1943 and throughout the country in 1977.

Garifuna Settlement Day celebrates the arrival of the Garinagu to the shores of Belize. It also represents the incorporation of the Garinagu into Belize's social fabric. Furthermore, the Garifuna Settlement Day celebration symbolizes an official recognition of the Garinagu as a people who have contributed immensely to Belize as a country and to the Belizeans as a diverse people.

The Third Annual Yellow White and Black 2011 Garifuna Settlement Day Gala, will honor the memory of Thomas Vincent (TV) Ramos. We cordially invite you to reserve the date, November 19th, 2011,

For more information about the Gala, visit or contact the Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc at (718) 402-7700.